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8:12 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Sumaya, Messiah, St. Olaf's: An IPR Christmas!

Betsy Burleigh, chair of choral conducting at Indiana University, leads a rousing "Messiah" with the Pittsburgh Symphony and singers, Christmas Day at 2 PM
Credit Indiana University School of Music

Where can you hear a full hour of Baroque Christmas music by Manuel de Sumaya - the greatest Mexican composer of the era? And the St. Olaf Christmas Festival? And Handel's Messiah led by one America's foremost choral conductors, Betsy Burleigh? (That's her picture.) You got it - on IPR Classical! Here's our Christmas Day classical schedule:

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Classical
10:34 am
Wed December 24, 2014

'Amahl' from DM, Morehouse/Spelman, & More

Eric Whitacre
Credit Christoph Müller-Girod / Chor.com via Flickr

After wcfso's Messiah and the live Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, IPR Classical's Christmas Eve programming continues all day and evening with everything from Brubeck to Whitacre - including some outstanding Iowa events!

 

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Classical
2:33 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Festival of 9 Lessons &Carols Live @9am Wednesday!

Since 1918 - a month after the Armistice - King's College, Cambridge has celebrated Christmas Eve with "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols." And since 1928  - even during World War II, when the stained glass windows had to be removed for safety - the event has been broadcast live. You can hear the 2014 Festival as it happens on (what for us is ) Wednesday at 9 AM on IPR Classical. The Festival was meant to be innovative, so every year , in addition to old favorites, the choir commissions a new choral piece.

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Classical
3:17 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Tonight: wcfso "Messiah" & "Christmas at Luther"!

the wcfsymphony and Metropolitan Chorale at the Gallagher-Bluedorn
Credit wcfsymphony

IPR's Holiday programming continues with two homegrown Iowa classics: from Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Handel's Messiah with the wcfso and Metropolitan Choir (at 7 PM), and from Decorah, this year's "Christmas at Luther" broadcast, titled "And on Earth, Peace" (at 8 PM).  The Messiah excerpts were recorded at a community sing held at the Gallagher-Bluedorn last weekend - join us for the highlights at 7!

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Classical
7:23 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Oy, Have We Got Christmas Songs for You! - Links & A Long List

Irving Berlin (born Irving Beilin in Russia) at his first job in New York in 1906; he was 18.
Credit wikipedia

I was working on a post about a fascinating footnote to American cultural history: that half of our popular Christmas songs were written by my people, the Jews.  Before I'd made it through the first draft, I tuned to Iowa Public Radio and discovered that I'd been scooped by Here & Now, to which I can only say, "Phew!" Here is their "A Goyische Christmas to You," about a show done annually by pianist/vocal coach extraordinaire Steven Blier.

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Classical
3:35 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Orchestra Iowa's "Holiday Spectacular" 2013 Concert Features Wintertime Favorites

Dancers perform at Orchestra Iowa's annual "Holiday Spectacular" concert.
Credit Orchestra Iowa

Join Iowa Public Radio and Orchestra Iowa in celebrating this year's winter celebrations with Orchestra Iowa's 2013 Holiday Spectacular concert on Saturday, December 20 at 4 p.m., Sunday, December 21 at 3 p.m., and again on Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. Orchestra Iowa performs holiday favorites including Carol of the Bells, Leroy Anderson's A Christmas Festival and Sleigh Ride, and carols like The First Noel, Angels We Have Heard on High, and Deck the Halls.

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Classical
11:29 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Ring in the Holidays with the wcfsymphony and Met Chorale!

Jason Weinberger, the wcfsymphony, and the Metropolitan prepare to perform selections from Handel's "Messiah"
wcfsymphony

      Please join Iowa Public Radio Classical as they ring in the holidays with selections from Handel’s famous oratorio, The Messiah. The wcfsymphony and Metropolitan Chorale joined forces to present their SING concert, which was led by the wcfsymphony’s Artistic Director and Conductor Jason Weinberger. This concert was to commemorate the Metropolitan Chorale’s 60th Anniversary and the wcfsymphony’s 85th. Guest soloists for the program were Leia Lensing and Megan Grey, University of Northern Iowa students.

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Classical
1:48 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

DMMO's "Amahl and the Night Visitors" Fosters Perfect Holiday Spirit this Christmas Eve

The three wise men watch as Amahl and his mother converse
Des Moines Metro Opera

This Christmas Eve, settle in with a cup of egg nog or hot chocolate as Iowa Public Radio brings you a holiday classic, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera and recorded in December of 2013. This one act opera depicts the three Wise Men stopping for shelter at the home of a poor mother and her crippled son, Amahl, as they journey to find the newborn Child. Soprano Julie Makerov performs the role of the mother, and middle school boy soprano Pierce Mansfield portrays her son, Amahl. Bass-baritone W.

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Deceptive Cadence
10:07 am
Tue December 9, 2014

In The Italian Alps, Stradivari's Trees Live On

Marcello Mazzucchi, a retired forest ranger, stands in the Fiemme Valley in the Italian Alps. Renaissance luthiers such as Antonio Stradivari came here to handpick trees that would be crafted into the world's finest instruments.
Graziano Panfili for NPR

Originally published on Sat December 6, 2014 10:51 am

Antonio Stradivari, the master violin maker whose instruments sell for millions of dollars today, has been dead for nearly three centuries. Only 650 of his instruments are estimated to survive.

But the forest where the luthier got his lumber is alive and well. And thanks to the surprising teamwork of modern instrument makers and forest rangers, Stradivari's trees are doing better than ever.

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Classical
3:11 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

2013-14 Symphonies of Iowa Season Comes to a Close!

Iowa Public Radio is pleased to present the final Symphonies of Iowa broadcast for 2014. The encore broadcast will feature the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks 7: Season Finale – Brahms, Grosvenor & Afternoon of a Faun performance. This statewide broadcast can be heard Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m.  Tune in to hear The Des Moines Symphony’s triumphant final concert of their 2013-2014 season. The program opens with Roman Carnival Overture.

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Classical
10:49 pm
Sun December 7, 2014

Review: Two OTHER Adams Highlights from 2014

John Adams
Credit Margareta Mitchell

In 2014, two American composers whose name begin with "John" and end with "Adams" were surprised to find themselves in front-page headlines. One of them,  John Luther Adams, says he never imagined that he'd win the Pulitzer Prize - but it was bestowed in April on his orchestral work Become Ocean (here's the All Things Considered story).

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Classical
8:21 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

Hear Iowa's "Classical Musts" Sunday Afternoon

Who is this man - and did he make Iowa's "classical bucket list"? Tune in Sunday afternoon to find out!
Credit wikipedia

Recently I invited you to vote for the 3 classical works you wish everyone could experience at least once - the "Musts" you'd urge your friends to put on their bucket lists. The votes are in, and you can hear Iowa's Top 10 picks on my show Sunday from noon to 4 PM.  I'll tell you what won, and of course I'll play samples from outstanding recordings. (Later I'll post the list with links and information.) Join me - as you'll hear, Iowa's recommendations are awesome!

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Classical
10:17 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Mendelssohn And Other Classic Composers Offer Musical Thanks

Originally published on Thu November 27, 2014 2:50 pm

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

There are lots of ways to say thank you today that don't include turkey or cranberry sauce. For example, there is music.

(SOUNDBITE OF FELIX MENDELSSOHN ORATORIO, "ELIJAH")

CHORUS: (Singing in German).

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Classical
5:57 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

December IAS features Brucemore, Panther Marching Band, Don Giovanni, The Nutcracker, and more!

An inside view of Brucemore Mansion, decorated for the holidays
Brucemore

December is packed with holiday arts events. This month’s Iowa Public Radio Iowa Arts Showcase features:

  • Brucemore Mansion’s Manager of Interpretation and Collections Jessica Peel-Austin sharing details about the historic site’s holiday events and the mansion’s Skinner Player Pipe Organ Preservation Project
  • University of Northern Iowa Panther Marching Band director Dr. Danial Galyen previewing the band’s upcoming performance in the London New Year’s Day Parade
  • Daniel Kleinknecht talking about the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s January production of Mozart’s master work, Don Giovanni
  •  Iowa State University’s professor Janice Baker reveling in Stephens Auditorium’s 34th annual Nutcracker Ballet Performance
  • And Cedar Falls artist and illustrator Gary Kelley discussing his children’s book “Harlem Hellfighters,” which was selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 best children’s books of the year
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Classical
1:51 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Orchestra Iowa's Brucemorchestra Encore Concert on Thanksgiving Day

Orchestra Iowa prepares to perform on the lawn of Brucemore Mansion in Cedar Rapids.
Orchestra Iowa

Don’t forget to include Iowa Public Radio Classical in your Thanksgiving celebration this year, as we present a rebroadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s 2014 Brucemorchestra concert. Our Performance Iowa broadcast will air on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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Classical
3:55 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

IPR's New Classical CD Review Page: Bach's "Art of Fugue"

Dr. Uri Golomb
Credit uri-golomb.com

 Welcome to IPR's Classical CD Review Page! Check in weekly for new reviews by IPR staff and friends near and far.

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Classical
4:04 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Veterans Day Broadcast: Yankee Doodle Pops

Des Moines Symphony

In honor of Veterans Day and our nation’s veterans, Iowa Public Radio is pleased to present highlights from the Des Moines Symphony’s 21st annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert which was recorded July 3rd on the West Terrace lawn of our state’s capital building. The performance will feature patriotic favorites, a tribute medley to Glenn Miller, and a performance of the National Anthem by Samuel Nolte the winner of the “Oh Say, Can You Sing?” contest.

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Classical
4:24 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

November IAS features the Co'Motion Dance Theatre, Cedar Valley House Concerts and more!

Dan Eldon, Mogadishu 7 April 1993
Dan Eldon

As you start to plan for Thanksgiving, prepare to mark your calendars with these exciting arts events already happening this month in Iowa. The November Iowa Arts Showcase features:

·         Kathy Eldon on the life and photographs of her son, Dan Eldon, currently on display at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in “The Restless Spirit: American Art from the Collection”

·         Iowa Public Radio’s producer Tony Dehner delving into the Cedar Valley House Concerts, hosted by Darice Mangin.

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Classical
8:45 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

A Classical Halloween, pt 2: Rounding to 13

Erlkoenig by Moritz von Schwind
Credit public domain/ wikipedia

As promised, the classical Halloween countdown continues - thanks for your input!  Yesterday I posted eight picks; here are five more classical scares to bring my total Web count up to 13. Most of these pieces (and a few others) will get an airing Friday, either during my shift (1-5 pm) or before or after; meanwhile, here are some youtube versions.

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Classical
9:40 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

A Classical Halloween: Pt. 1 -What Should We Add?

The flick that made the Toccata and Fugue in D minor the ultimate horror score!
Credit wikepedia

It's that time again! If you have any classical-music Halloween favorites, write to us at classical@iowapublicradio.org. Tonight I'll post a few possibilities just to get the conversation started; tomorrow night I'll post a few more. Then, on Friday afternoon, tune in to hear what we end up with! To start things off:

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Classical
3:01 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Opera in October Wraps Up with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre's "Carmen"

Iowa native mezzo soprano, Janara Kellerman, returned to the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre as the title role in Bizet's Carmen.

Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October series comes to a dramatic close with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre’s thrilling performance of Bizet’s Carmen. Their production, originally broadcast in January of this year at the Parmount Theatre in Cedar Rapids, will air at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2nd on IPR Classical.

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Classical
1:49 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Luther College Opera's Puccini Double Featured on Opera in October

Luther College Opera's production of Puccini's "Suor Angelica"
Luther College

Opera in October features a Puccini double header this weekend with Opera at Luther’s productions of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, airing on Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m.

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Classical
10:23 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Funniest Classical Videos (thx, Tom Service!)

Tom Service knows the score!
Credit Steve Bowbrick via flickr.com

His series on the 50 greatest symphonies is unsurpassed; his guide to contemporary music is unequaled; his book on conductors, Music as Alchemy, is the best of its genre. Tom Service is among the finest music writers

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Classical
2:04 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Opera in October features DMMO's "Le Comte Ory" This Weekend

The Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Rossini's "Le Comte Ory"
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

This week on Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October, the Des Moines Metro Opera provides glorious singing and musical mayhem with Rossini’s comedic Le Comte Ory. Their 42nd Festival Season production of Le Comte Ory will air at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19.

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Classical
12:00 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Exclusive IPR Interviews for Dead Man Walking, featured this week on Opera in October

The Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking"
Des Moines Metro Opera

This summer the Des Moines Metro Opera presented their 42nd Festival Season at Blank Center for the Performing Arts on the Simpson College campus in Indianola. The mainstage performances included Verdi’s La Traviata, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and Rossini’s Le Comte Ory. Heggie’s work, based on the book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, tells the story of a nun acting as a spiritual guide to a death-row inmate who was found guilty of murder. It offers a haunting inside look at capital punishment in America. Here is what Opera News and Opera Today had to say about the Des Moines Metro Opera's production:

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Classical
2:45 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Des Moines Metro Opera's "Dead Man Walking" on Opera in October This Week

The Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking."
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

This week’s Opera in October features the Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, performed by the Des Moines Metro Opera as part of their 42nd Festival Season, airing at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 12.

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Classical
2:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

WATCH: Folias Duo Live at IPR's Studio 2

Folias Duo with Barney after the session

When the Folias Duo came to Iowa, the husband-wife pair's first stop was Cedar Falls, where they played a live set in IPR Classical's Studio Two. They'd been on the road for seven hours, but their zest was irresistible. Try it: here's a video of their IPR performance of Cumparsita Vals,  a waltz-time reimagining of the classic tango La Cumparsita by Argentine composer Pablo Aslan:

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Classical
5:11 pm
Sat October 4, 2014

Suzanne & Barney Team Up Today 11AM-1PM

Suzanne Bona
Credit Sunday Baroque

Every Sunday morning  Suzanne Bona brings us gems from before Mozart on  Sunday Baroque and Barney Sherman follows with four hours of great music.

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Classical
1:42 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

October IAS features NE Iowa Artists' Studio Tour, author Patrick Hicks, "Carousel", and more!

Patrick Hicks, author of "The Commandant of Lubizec" and UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education guest speaker.
Jamie Horter

All the fall arts events are in full swing this month as we bring you another edition of the Iowa Arts Showcase on Iowa Public Radio Classical. October features:

  • Carl Homstad, artist and participant in the Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour
  • Patrick Hicks, author and guest of the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education
  • Bernard McDonald and Jennifer Nostrala, directors of Simpson College’s production of “Carousel”
  • Van Cliburn Silver Medalist Beatrice Rana
  • Steve Carignan, executive director of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center

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Classical
2:58 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Opera in October 2014 Kicks Off with Des Moines Metro Opera and Verdi's La Traviata

The cast of the Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Verdi's La Traviata.
Credit Des Moines Metro Opera

Iowa Public Radio’s Opera in October continues for its third year showcasing Opera performances in Iowa. The series kicks off with presentations of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 42nd Festival Season on Saturday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 5 at 8:00 p.m. 

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